Guided Tours

Central High School Foyer
Foyer to Central High School

National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Reserve a Tour
Guided tours of the school are offered by reservation only. Tours can be scheduled at 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. on weekdays when the school is in session, including during summer months. Tours must be scheduled at least twenty-four hours in advance. If scheduled tours are not at capacity, visitors without a reservation will be welcome to join. Tours fill up quickly. There is no guarantee of tour availability without a reservation. Making a reservation two weeks in advance is recommended.

Tour Times


Description: The route of the tour will be dependent on school activities that day. The typical route will involve ascending and descending three flights of stairs and approximately a half mile of walking on walkways with good footing.
Time: Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. & 1:00 P.M. CT
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour
Group Size: Maximum of 50 and there is no minimum
Location: All tours start at the visitor center located diagonally across the street from the school. (map)
Accessibility: An accessible entrance is available that avoids stairs and an elevator can be taken between floors.
Price: Free of Charge
For Reservations: Call (501) 374-1957

Information to Provide

When reserving a tour please be prepared with the following information: ·
*Name for the group:
*Number of people:
*Contact phone number (preferably a cell phone):
*Email address if you would like a confirmation sent:
*Any special needs or accessibility needs:
 
"Streetscape" Tours
These short walks are a good alternative when we cannot go into the school. Most of the same information is covered as on the school tours but we will remain outside. Tours must be scheduled at least twenty-four hours in advance. If scheduled tours are not at capacity, visitors without a reservation will be welcome to join. Tours fill up quickly. There is no guarantee of tour availability without a reservation. Making a reservation two weeks in advance is recommended.

Description:Visitors will take a walk down Park St. while a Park Ranger retells the turbulent events of the first days of integration in 1957. The route of the "Streetscape" tour is approximately a quarter mile in length over paved and mostly level surfaces.
Time: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. & 1:00 P.M. CT
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour
Group Size: Maximum of 50 and there is no minimum
Location: All tours start at the visitor center located diagonally across the street from the school. (map)
Accessibility: The route is accessible.
Price: Free of Charge
For Reservations: Call (501) 374-1957
 
Important things to know
  • Park all vehicles in the visitor center parking lot - cars, buses, and RVs
  • Groups of twenty-five or more, send a representative in to notify a Ranger you've arrived
  • Please leave large bags and backpacks in your vehicle
Little Rock Central High School is an active school with an enrollment of over 2,500 students.
Out of respect for the school and students, the following regulations are strictly enforced:
  • Do not try to enter the school on your own. The only way to see the inside of the school is with a Ranger guided tour.
  • Photography, video, and cell phone use are prohibited while inside the school.
  • Tours can only be offered when the school is in session. On weekends, days out of session and in some other cases we will not be able to get inside.
  • Guided tours cannot interfere with the operations of the school. There may be some days where areas of the school are off limits to tour groups.
If you will be late for your reservation or you need to cancel please call the visitor center as soon as possible.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Park Service
2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone:

501.374.1957
501.374.1957 is the main phone line for the front desk of the National Park Visitor Center at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Please call this number if you have questions about scheduling a tour, special events or general questions about the history of the site or Historic Site visitation. If you are needing transcripts or have questions about enrollment or other matters pertaining to Little Rock School District attendance, please call 501.447.1400.

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